Inside Game of Thrones: The Buzz on the Red Carpet (HBO)

The Game of Thrones cast and crew give an inside look of what to expect on season 7 of Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones airs on HBO on Sundays.

Winter may be here for the penultimate season of Game Of Thrones, but HBO’s blockbuster series turned on the heat to shatter viewership records with last night’s Season 7 debut. Leaving the previous series high of 8.89 million snared for its Season 6 finale in June 2016, last night’s “Dragonstone” episode snagged 10.1 million viewers for its premiere. Telling of how TV is consumed today, the opener pulled in another 6 million viewers on same-day DVR playback and streaming via HBO Go and HBO Now.

When all in, the first Jeremy Podeswa-directed episode of the premium cabler’s Emmy-winning blockbuster based on George R.R. Martin’s books is the most watched-premiere in HBO history. The 10.1 million viewership total is up 27% over what the Season 6 debut drew in late April last year. That season opener was basically even with the then-record-breaking Season 5 premiere of April 12, 2015.

Or, to quote, Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys from the end of this seasons debut, “Shall we begin?”

(via Deadline Hollywood)